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EAA and experimental category aircraft owners waited a long time for this piece of good news, but it finally arrived on March 12, when the FAA published an updated Advisory Circular (AC 39-7D) on Airworthiness Directives (ADs). The circular formally set FAA policy that ADs are not applicable on non-type certificated aircraft, except when specifically noted. This is an issue that has been on EAA's "Top 10" list of advocacy issues and has been part of the agenda at the last three EAA/FAA Recreational Aviation Summits. The absence of FAA headquarters guidance had created a patchwork of regional policies that varied and at times conflicted with each other.

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Carter PAV Milestones
Carter Aviation Technologies (CAT) reported continued progress last week during Phase II flight testing of its PAV (Personal Air Vehicle) gyroplane. CAT made available a new video showing some impressive zero-roll takeoffs without the rotor reaching optimum rpm. Phase II flight testing continues this week, during which the company hopes to increase cruise speed, altitude, and time in air. Click here to watch the video. Learn more about the program.

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 Timeless Voice of the Week: Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, Boeing test pilot
 Webinar: 12 Myths about Stalls & Spins- Letting the Facts Fly
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News & Views from EAA March 16, 2012    Volume 12, Number 11
EVERY DAY IS A HIGHLIGHT AT AIRVENTURE 2012!
Brown ArchSpecial daily highlights at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will please the most ardent aviator as well as those who are just discovering all the attractions within the wonderful world of flight. There's so much action, it can't be contained within the seven days of the convention, July 23-29, as aircraft from throughout the country and around the world make their mass arrivals during the preceding weekend.  Read more
BOEING 787 DREAMLINER WINS 2011 ROBERT J. COLLIER TROPHY
Boeing 787The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced Tuesday at its annual awards luncheon that Boeing's new 787 jetliner will receive the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy, after beating out the C-5M Super Galaxy, the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter, and team Pipistrel-USA.com in this year's judging. The trophy is given annually to what the NAA describes as "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."  Read more
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EPA ENDANGERMENT FINDING WOULD NOT END AVGAS
Mac's Blog
The environmental activist group Friends of the Earth has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding that the EPA make a finding of endangerment caused by the lead in avgas. The situation sounds ominous, but really wouldn’t change the way, or probably even the timetable, of aviation’s move to a lead-free fuel.

An EPA finding of endangerment is really the first step in a very long, many year process of creating new regulations. The words “finding of endangerment” imply that immediate, or even very quick action is required, but that’s not the case.

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HIGHTOWER SPEAKS AT WOMEN IN AVIATION CONFERENCE
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower spoke Saturday at the 23rd annual Women in Aviation International Conference. The conference theme was "Reaching Tomorrow Today" and, during the morning's general session, Rod shared the contributions EAA has made by introducing young women to aviation through Young Eagles and Women Soar You Soar. Of the 1.6 million Young Eagles flown, 30 percent are female, and 9 percent of the 18,800 former Young Eagles who are now certificated pilots are female. (Currently only 6 percent of certificated pilots are women.) Rod also formally invited Women in Aviation (WAI) members to join EAA and attend this summer's AirVenture, scheduled for July 23-29, 2012.  Read more
AD ISSUED FOR AERONCA (ROGERS) SEDAN WING INSPECTION
The FAA recently issued Airworthiness Directive AD 2012-04-10 requiring owners of the Aeronca 15AC Sedan to have initial inspections of the exposed trailing edges on both the upper and lower main spar cap angles on both wings. The inspections are looking for signs of cracks, intergranular exfoliation, and corrosion. While a wing failure has not occurred in any of the approximately 255 Sedans on the FAA registration rolls, corrosion in the structure of a few Sedans was discovered and prompted to FAA to issue the AD. Read more
EPA LAWSUIT ON AIRCRAFT LEAD EMISSIONS FAILS TO CONSIDER ACTIONS ALREADY UNDERWAY
Members of the General Aviation (GA) Avgas Coalition say that a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE) over piston-engine aircraft's use of leaded aviation gasoline (avgas) is not taking into consideration the considerable work already completed toward the development and deployment of an unleaded solution. The FOE lawsuit alleges that the EPA has unreasonably delayed its response to a 2006 petition asking the agency to make an endangerment finding and propose standards for lead emissions of aircraft. If successful, the lawsuit will force EPA's process for a potential endangerment finding onto a court-ordered timeline.  Read more
EAA SEEKS CHAPTERS-EAGLE FLIGHTS MANAGER
Jeff SkilesEAA Vice President of Chapters and Youth Education Jeff Skiles is looking to the EAA membership to find the new manager of EAA Chapters and Eagle Flights - what he called "one of the most significant new positions at EAA." As the name implies, the manager of EAA Chapters and Eagle Flights will be primarily responsible for chapter initiatives and continuing the work of developing and supporting EAA's Eagle Flight program. "This is a full-time position working in Oshkosh for the greatest aviation organization on earth," Skiles said. Learn more
SENATE GA CAUCUS OPPOSES PRESIDENT'S USER FEE PROPOSAL
Twenty-eight members of the Senate General Aviation Caucus today voiced their strong, bipartisan opposition to the president's $100-per-flight fee on certain GA operations in controlled airspace in a letter to the president. That fee was proposed by the White House in its Fiscal 2013 federal budget unveiled last month. "We are concerned that a new user fee like the one described in the administration's budget proposal may create a disincentive for pilots and aircraft to use air traffic control services or fly in controlled airspace," which could create a less safe aviation environment, the letter states.  Read more
REPORT TO HOMEBUILDERS GIVES HIGH-LEVEL VIEW
EAA Report to HomebuildersThe annual EAA Report to Homebuilders is now available, giving the GA community a broad overview of the amateur-built aircraft fleet, updates on safety, and the resources available through EAA to those who are building their own aircraft. It is the only annual report dedicated to homebuilt aircraft that looks at that category outside of the entire general aviation fleet.  Read more
FAA SAYS LSA TO GROW 4 PERCENT THROUGH NEXT YEAR
The FAA projects that the number of light-sport aircraft will grow 4 percent through 2013 while the rest of GA aircraft will grow just 0.6 percent, according to the agency's annual aviation forecast released this past week. After that LSA will increase at a rate of about 2 percent per year through 2032, when the fleet will total 10,195. FAA also projects the number of active GA pilots (excluding ATPs) to increase 0.3 percent annually through 2032, or more than 35,000 to a total of 510,295. The number of student pilots is forecast to decrease at an average annual rate of 0.1 percent over that same time frame, from 118,657 in 2011 to 116,720 in 2032. More than 13,900 sport pilots are projected to be certificated during that time.  Read more
BURT RUTAN TO RECEIVE NASM LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT TROPHY
Burt RutanLegendary homebuilder, aircraft designer, and civilian spacecraft creator Burt Rutan will receive the 2012 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement Trophy on March 21 in Washington, D.C. Rutan, EAA Lifetime Member 26033, has designed 368 individual concepts and 45 flying aircraft - many of which made their public debuts at Oshkosh. Those would include such well-known designs as the VariViggen, VariEze, Long-EZ, Boomerang, Voyager, GlobalFlyer, Grizzly, SpaceShipOne/White Knight, and SpaceShipTwo/WhiteKnightTwo.  Read more
AIRVENTURE VOLUNTEERS WELCOMED IN SEVERAL POPULAR AREAS
AirVenture VolunteersThe success of EAA AirVenture for 60 years is due in no small part because of the combined efforts of volunteers - more than 4,000 of them every year! These dedicated aviation enthusiasts handle almost every kind of job throughout the site before, during, and after "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration." If you'd like to join EAA's volunteer corps, we'd love to have you. Find a task that relates directly to your skills or your current profession, or try something you've never done before. All interests, experience, and skills can find application as an EAA AirVenture volunteer. Read more
WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!
Thanks to those of you who answered last week's questions about EAA.org as we begin the process of overhauling our websites. Here is this week's question: "What is the main reason you visit EAA.org?" You can simply answer this question on Facebook. You also can share your thoughts in the EAA Forums, where you can also answer additional questions like "What do you like about EAA.org and why?" and "What would you change about EAA.org and why?"

Thank you in advance for your assistance. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

ASTM LSA COMMITTEE TO HOLD ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT WORKSHOP AT SUN 'N FUN
The ASTM International Committee for light-sport aircraft will host a day-long "International Workshop for Electric Aircraft Standardization" during the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida. The workshop, slated for March 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn, aims to bring civil aviation authorities, researchers, and manufacturers/designers together for discussions on standardizing technologies of this emerging aircraft category. The workshop is being held in cooperation with EAA and the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP). Registration is required by March 16 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click here. For more information about the workshop, click here.
CLASSIC J-3 CUB, EAA 2012 AIRCRAFT SWEEPSTAKES GRAND PRIZE
Giveaway part of Cub's 75th anniversary celebration at AirVenture
Sweepstakes CubThe Piper J-3 Cub is one of the most recognizable and iconic airplanes ever to grace the sky. Now, you could be the rightful owner of a beautifully restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub as the grand prize winner of EAA's 2012 "Win the Cub" Sweepstakes. The Cub even comes equipped with a pair of TrickAir Snow Skis and an optional $2,500 worth of free flight training. In addition to the grand prize, sweepstakes entrants will also have the chance to win a bunch of other great prizes like a Sea-Doo Watercraft, a Bose Home Entertainment System, 750 square feet of tile hangar flooring, and more.  Enter now.
PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT: HELP KEEP EAA's B-17 ALUMINUM OVERCAST FLYING
EAA B-17Since 1994, EAA has toured its B-17 Aluminum Overcast to locations all over the country offering thousands of people the opportunity to relive World War II history in one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. However, over the past few years, the economics of maintaining a vintage bomber have become extremely challenging. With no official funding, EAA must rely on the generous support of individuals to assist in the continuing restoration, maintenance, and preservation efforts of Aluminum Overcast. To help EAA keep this important piece of history flying, please visit EAA's B-17 website or call 800-236-1025.
EAA FORD TRI-MOTOR EMBARKS ON FLORIDA TOUR
Tri Motor TourEAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor began a spring tour of 12 Florida cities Thursday, March 15, at Herlong Airport in Jacksonville, Florida. The Tin Goose will be there through Saturday, March 17, and then will hop over to Craig Municipal Airport March 18-20 before flying to Plant City's Municipal Airport for a March 22-25 tour stop. To find out how you can take a ride in this historic aircraft and to see the full tour schedule, visit the Fly the Ford website.
HONOR AN AVIATION LEGACY WITH A PLAQUE ON EAA'S MEMORIAL WALL
Memorial WallLocated on the edge of Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, EAA's Memorial Wall provides a dignified place for families and friends to honor those special individuals whose support and passion for aviation has made a positive impact on their lives. If you would like to remember a friend or loved one with a personalized plaque on EAA's Memorial Wall, please e-mail development@eaa.org or call 920-426-6563 or 800-236-1025. To have your special tribute recognized for the dedication ceremony at AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, please place your order by Monday, April 9, 2012.
EAA MERCHANDISE: GET YOUR B-17 MERCHANDISE BEFORE ALUMINUM OVERCAST GOES ON TOUR
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Each year EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast tours the United States offering people the opportunity to relive the legacy of those who flew aboard the venerable bomber during World War II. This year the B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour kicks off April 20, and to celebrate we're offering savings of up to 30 percent on B-17 merchandise through March 31, 2012. Shop online or by calling toll-free, 800-564-6322.
 
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WEBINARS: USING PC-BASED SIMULATIONS TO COMPLEMENT FLIGHT TRAINING
Although PC-based flight simulations have been available for 30 years, many pilots, instructors, and flight schools don't understand how best to use these tools in real-world flight training and pilot proficiency programs. This webinar explains how PC-based simulations like X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator can complement flight training and help pilots maintain proficiency.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST unless otherwise noted, and they require registration. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs. 

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If you have suggestions or submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.

Does DeLorean Quadcopter Use Flux Capacitors?

AeroInnovations

An imaginative Russian fan of the Back to the Future movies recreated the flying DeLorean with a customized fuselage for a small quadcopter. The DeLorean looks pretty true to the original, with bright taillights and headlights and wheels that are rotated 90 degrees out.

Working With Mother Nature Saves Fuel

AeroInnovations

Dr. Jack Langelaan's heuristic flight navigation techniques involve fine-tuning the flight path to work with the forces of nature (mainly wind) rather than ignoring or fighting them. Aspects of the terrain, such as wind patterns created by hills or mountains, and the weather around and ahead of the plane, such as thermals or local wind direction, can help an aircraft burn less fuel when used properly. Heuristic flight control adjusts the aircraft's flight path to get the most benefit from friendly forces of nature.

Maiden Flight of Cessna Citation M2

AeroInnovations

The first Cessna Citation M2 prototype went on its maiden flight this past week. For less than $5 million, the M2 only needs a runway 3,250 feet long, and has a range of 1,300 nautical miles and 400-knot maximum cruise speed. This Cessna light business jet accommodates up to six passengers and two crewmembers.

Tejas LCA LSP-7 First Flight

AeroInnovations

The Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) LSP-7 took its first flight this month. India's indigenously developed fourth-gen, multi-role combat aircraft is replacing the Indian Air Force (IAF) aging MiG fighter jets. The LSP-7 will be used by the IAF for FOC flight evaluations.

Swiss Military Buys Centaur OPA

AeroInnovations

The Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) launch customer is the Swiss Department of Defence. The Centaur can be flown in three modes: normally piloted, remotely piloted as a UAV with no crew onboard, or in hybrid mode with robotic flight control and a crew onboard. Comprehensive noise suppression and excellent fuel efficiency translate into being extremely stealthy above 3,000 feet AGL and having flight times of up to 24 hours.

AeroInnovations aims to highlight developments that have potential to impact the future of aviation.  EAA does not necessarily endorse the ideas, products, services, or views contained therein.
HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: GAS WELDING TIP SELECTION
A lot of beginning welders ask what size welding tip they need to weld steel tubing. Dr. Joe Maj, AirVenture volunteer in the gas welding workshops as well as a SportAir Workshop instructor, answers this sometimes confusing question. Watch the video
TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: SUZANNA DARCY-HENNEMAN
Timeless Voices
Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann joined Boeing in 1974 as an aeronautical engineer. Seven years later she became a 757/767 ground school instructor. In 1985, she became Boeing's first female production test pilot. At the time of this interview in 2007, Suzanna was the chief project pilot in Boeing's Engineering Flight Test department working on the 777-200LR Worldliner. As a participant in EAA's Women Soar program, Suzanna's story has inspired numerous young women to learn how to fly. Watch the video
 
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Where Are You Flying This Weekend?
There are 53 fly-ins and other aviation events over the next two weekends listed in the EAA Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!

Clarification: As a point of clarification about last week's question, the answer given is accurate when applied to aircraft with an experimental amateur-built (E-AB) airworthiness certificate, but not to one with an experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) airworthiness certificate.

Using the letters LSA in both the definition of light-sport aircraft and the airworthiness certification of S-LSA and E-LSA caused some confusion.

To avoid future confusion, when trying to determine if the aircraft can be operated by a pilot with a sport pilot certificate and current driver's license, use the definition of light-sport aircraft as found in FAR 1.1 and apply the performance and configuration requirements (1,320 pounds gross weight, maximum 45 knots stall, etc.) to the individual airplane in question. If the individual aircraft that you are looking at has always met these criteria, it can be flown by a current pilot with at least a sport pilot certificate, regardless of whether the aircraft is certificated S-LSA, E-LSA, standard category (type-certificated), or E-AB.

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail EAA Government Relations. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA Member Services.


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Lynn Cromer, EAA 1040774, captured this photo of a Beechcraft SNB-5 with a Nikon D300. He was driving in to the Denton Airshow in Texas last June to shoot the static aircraft at sunrise when he noticed the rays of sunshine poking through the clouds. "I thought I would get arrested for my driving trying to get to the flightline," Lynn said.

Download this wallpaper image from the EAA website, where you can choose among several different resolutions to suit your screen - including three wide-screen sizes ... or select an image from the archive.

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On the Flightline - General Aviation News
WOMEN IN AVIATION CONFERENCE BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD
The 23rd annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) Conference, held in Dallas March 8-10, set a new record attendance with 3,350 attendees, up almost 8 percent from last year. Guests came from 12 countries outside the U.S.; the largest number of international attendees were from Nigeria, Canada, and the UK. A total of $559,680 was awarded in 85 scholarships, and the silent auction raised $18,500 for WAI's endowment fund. The 24th annual WAI Conference will be held March 14-16, 2013, in Nashville. For more information, click here.

FREE SUN 'N FUN APP AVAILABLE FROM SPORTY'S
Sporty's, in partnership with Sun 'n Fun, has created a free mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices, for the 2012 show. The app includes an interactive exhibitor list with detailed hangar and exhibit area maps, along with parking information and directions. The "My Sun 'n Fun" section allows you to compile a list of exhibitors, seminars, workshops, and other activities you don't want to miss. For more information, click here.

ASCENSION AIR TO OFFER SR22T AIRCRAFT
Ascension Air is offering three new fully equipped 2012 Cirrus SR22Ts to individuals and pilots through its fractional ownership program. Ascension offers a full-service fractional ownership experience for approximately $10,000 down and a flat fixed cost of approximately $2,000 a month, including hangar, insurance, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and concierge services. For more information, click here.

BARRY SCHIFF DVD SET NOW AVAILABLE
Proficient Flying: The Very Best of Barry Schiff is now available from ASA. The DVD series includes more than four hours of instruction, with Schiff taking viewers into the flight deck and demonstrating concepts. The full DVD set is available for $39.95, or individual segments (18 in all) are available for download at $2.99 each and compatible with iPad, iPhone, and other devices. For more information and for a free demo clip, click here.

MORGAN FREEMAN HOSTING PARTY FOR ABLE FLIGHT
On April 21, Morgan Freeman will host a benefit party for Able Flight at his Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Freeman will be there to welcome donors and the largest group of Able Flight pilots together in one place at one time, and music will be provided by the Paul Thorn Band. Seats are available by calling 919-942-4699 on a first-come, first-served basis for a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund. For more information on Able Flight, click here.

YOUNG AVIATORS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 25
Applications are due May 25 for the Young Aviators Program, which puts youth ages 14-18 in the pilot seat through daily simulator flying and actual in-flight lessons with CFIs. The program is scheduled for August 6-10 at EAA Chapter 838's home at the Batten International Airport in Racine, Wisconsin. The class week includes 40 hours of classroom study in principles of flight, physics, chemistry, math, and other aviation-related subjects, along with a daily hangar workshop class that introduces the use of shop tools to make a real aircraft component. The goal of the Young Aviator Program is to inspire teens to explore education and careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). For more information, visit the Young Aviators website.

FLIGHTSTAR NAMED LEARJET AUTHORIZED SERVICE FACILITY
The Flightstar Corporation has been named a factory authorized line maintenance facility (LMF) for the Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45 series aircraft. The aviation service organization joins a network of more than 50 Bombardier service facilities in 21 countries, consisting of factory authorized service facilities (ASFs) and LMFs catering to the service needs of Bombardier business aircraft. Flightstar is located at the University of Illinois-Willard Airport in Champaign, Illinois. For more information, click here.

TRACKING SOFTWARE FOR OWNER-FLOWN PRIVATE AIRCRAFT
Fast-Flight, a new software package designed to provide single-engine and owner-operated aircraft with the same capabilities available to larger commercial operators is available from Flight & Aircraft Services Tracking. The program monitors key pilot and aircraft data, parts inventories, flight information, and regulatory and service bulletins. Registration costs $100, and a subscription costs $19.99 per month. For more information, click here.

ION FLASHLIGHT FIRESTARTER FROM AIRCRAFT SPRUCE
Two essential survival items, a flashlight and a firestarter, have been combined into one lightweight, compact product: the ion Flashlight Firestarter. The gadget, which costs $129.95, is waterproof and shock resistant. In addition, both ends of the Flashlight Firestarter can be used as a magnetic tool to retrieve dropped metal objects. For more information, click here.

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